Archive for May, 2010

Borrowed Names by Jeannine Atkins

Borrowed Names by Jeannine Atkins

Cindy: 100 Scope Notes is hosting today’s Nonfiction Monday blog round-up highlighting youth nonfiction and Travis has thrown down a creative challenge for us to blog a book in a Nontraditional way. He had a lot of intriguing (and hilarious ideas) in a recent video post of his own and I’m eager to see what […]

Audies Awards May 25

Audies Awards May 25

Look for Twitter #audies10 results for winners of top audiobook honors from the Audio Publishers Association. I’ll be posting the honorees beginning at 8:30 pm Tuesday evening, during this year’s ceremony which will take place at the Museum of the City of New York. You can follow me on Twitter @mburkey. Over 1,000 titles were […]

Posted in: Audiobooker, Awards
Reading the Screen: Donald E. Westlake in Pictures

Reading the Screen: Donald E. Westlake in Pictures

Because he’s my favorite writer, and I miss him like crazy, I thought I’d take a moment of your time to tell you about some of the movies based on the books of the great Donald E. Westlake.  1967′s Point Blank, a tough-guy thriller, is based on one of Westlake’s Parker novels, 1962′s The Hunter, […]

Posted in: Likely Stories, Movies
The Second Time Around

The Second Time Around

This week I led a discussion of Sara Gruen’s Depression era circus novel, Water for Elephants, for the second time.  Approximately two years had elapsed since my first encounter with this involving story, which became a book club favorite after its publication in 2006.  As I prepared for this week’s session, I was surprised by what […]

Discussion Questions, Pt. 4: Setting and Other Frames

Discussion Questions, Pt. 4: Setting and Other Frames

In book groups, discussion of settings and other frames can go many ways. A book’s various framing devices can be fascinating sources of information and pathways that connect with other works and other subjects of discussion. If the talk strays too far down those pathways, however, the group may never return to the original book. Even worse, discussion of settings may be fatally attractive […]

Reading the Screen: Art Heists: A Growth Industry

Reading the Screen: Art Heists: A Growth Industry

According to a May 20 Associated Press story, a thief, working alone, made off with several paintings from the Paris Museum of Modern Art.  Works by Picasso, Matisse, and Modigliani are among the missing. If you’re anything like me — and I imagine you are, but perhaps a bit taller — then this story piques your […]

Posted in: Likely Stories, Movies
World Without Discrimination Quilts

World Without Discrimination Quilts

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Pining for Three Pines

Pining for Three Pines

I’ve just finished listening to the audiobook of The Cruelest Month, the third of Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache mysteries (she has published five to date). As cozy mysteries often are, they’re stuffed with nonsense: sensitive, poetry-quoting police; a village without any visible industry, populated by quirky characters, blissfully happy despite the regular murders that occur there; wacky complicated crimes committed through […]

Audiobooks onstage at BEA

Audiobooks onstage at BEA

See & hear authors & narrators celebrate all things audiobooks as they kick off  “June is Audiobook Month” at Book Expo America in NYC. Here are the details… Get Caught Listening Soundstage Events Day One: Wednesday, May 26 (3 segments, 30 minute increments) Performance #1: Nelson DeMille & Scott Brick – 10:00 AM Author Nelson […]

Posted in: Audiobooker, Audiobooks
What else can you provide besides questions?

What else can you provide besides questions?

I was so pleased to see Kaite talk about Bloodroot last week – because it’s the book my group is set to discuss next week. (I felt we were so ahead of the curve!) It brings up a question though – what else can you provide to your group beyond the typical discussion questions?  When […]